Indy: The reunion of Crowded House was a product of the suicide of your drummer, Paul Hester, in 2005. You got together with Neil Finn, the songwriter for the band, when you came for Paul's service, right?
NS: We had a very intense couple of musical days in Melbourne. That was actually a full day of just jamming and playing songs, like every song we ever knew and every song Paul ever knew ... I think it dawned on Neil and I that we have a very deep bond that is quite intuitive.
Indy: Initially you were playing on Neil's solo album. How did that turn into the new Crowded House CD, Time on Earth?
NS: During that recording we just realized ... there would be a time we would be touring the songs. That's when I think it dawned on Neil.
Indy: You've said Paul's suicide wasn't entirely a surprise.
NS: Like for every absolute divine moment of inspiration that he would have on stage, he would also have an equally dark point in tours where he would be deliberately uncooperative on stage and quite disruptive. ... He had mood swings.
Crowded House's CD, Time on Earth, was released last month.